The Skunk and Tiger

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."-Horace Mann

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


I am now blogging from our new home, we moved over the holiday weekend. I still can not believe we are finally here. So, much work to do but I will try not to neglect my Blog.
My friend Jay at Freddy Fan posted his review of X3. We did get a chance to see it. I feel it fell short of its too predecessors, but is still worth your ten dollars. It does not exactly follow any specific story line in the comic book, then again their are now some many alternative versions and retellings of the Phoenix Saga, that it was fun too see something different. I would have liked to have seen that classic Phoenix energy signature, but the other special effects made up for that. I think Magneto's floating Golden Gate Bridge will become a classic sequence in cinema.
The plot was much more convoluted then the last two movies, and I fear it may have been more confusing for non-comic geeks like myself and Jay.
Still, I hope the X film franchise continues. I would be willing to trade action for more character development and mystery in X4.
As a third installment of a trilogy it is not disappointing, like many others-Godfather, Matrix etc. I give X3 a solid B. The first X-men flick I give a B+ and X2 an A-.

Monday, May 22, 2006

My Thoughts on Illegal Immigration

People who lack imagination or just have pain old xenophobia tend to blame the victim. Yes, the illegal immigrant or undocumented worker are the victims because they are being exploited on both sides of the border. Privatizing and militarizing the U.S. border is not going to stop the flow of illegal border crossing. Instead of focusing on the "illegal" immigrant the government needs to put pressure on the "illegal" employers who hire them. Undocumented workers are not doing the work U.S. citizens refuse to do, they are doing the jobs U.S. citizens refuse to due for less than minimum wage. Neo-Conservatives love the idea of the bogus "guest-worker" program. Both Bush and the Republicans are ignoring the real solution to the titanic problem, because it helps them drive down wages and gives even more leverage to the corporate elite.

One thing that defiantly will not help the situation on the border is the vigilante "Minutemen". The only thing worse than corrupt authority is arbitrary authority. Racists who wrap themselves in the American flag and spew paranoid vitriol towards the hungry and the desperate, are not heros or patriots. Their hate and fear inspired solutions are almost comical if they were not so dangerously stupid. These Minuet Minded Minutemen & Minutewomen need to stick with building fences around their house and staying home. They are not helping anyone.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

No, not my Blog, this one: Thoughts From Baghdad It is the narrative of someone currently living in Baghdad. As a source of information Blogs have been replacing the corporate controlled media outlets, and this one (not mine) may be a perfect example. Unless it is a fake, but it does not sound fake. I also had a chance to see the end of Baghdad ER on HBO. Plus I'm still reading The Assassins Gate by George Packer. The more I learn about our disreputable actions and blatant negligence in Iraq, the more I realize how far we have gone backwards since George W. Bush took office. I hope and pray that someday this Nation may recover. I can forgive those who voted for Bush the first time. But in 2004? You Blew It for All of Us! Thanks!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

I have been so busy with the house and other family issues, that I have not had time to post. This month a new self titled album from Pearl Jam arrived. It is the bands best effort since 1997's Yield. Anne finished painting rooms, her folks helped us with that and the yard. Our yard is a disaster area. We tried mowing the tall grass and weeds and it overheated my father-in-law's lawnmower. There is much work to be done, but we have so many friends and family helping with the move I don't think it will be that overwhelming.
There is so much in the news I want to talk about but it is too late and I'm too tired to rant.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I watch the first half hour of SNL last night and it was actually funny. The Myspace skit was hilarious but I think the President Al Gore Sketch will go down in history as one of the best political pranks ever. It is refreshing to see that Gore is able to laugh at himself, but this country sure did miss a great opportunity. I hope that he runs for president again, but this time unashamed of his environmental views. The neo-cons are wrong on just about every issue, and when it comes to the environment all they can do is embrace the false-science lies of their corporate sponsors like Exxon-Mobil.

I just want to express best wishes to all the Mom's out there. I got Anne the new Pride and Prejudice, Sam is watching it with her, he likes all ball room dancing scenes. Hope everyone having a nice relaxing day.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Well the house is coming along. Anne has been painting, she got most of the living room completed today, it looks good (Light Copper). We are going to paint 2 other rooms: master bed (Medium Gray) and the kitchen (Happy Camper Green with Pearl Essence glaze). I've decided I'm tired of looking at all my CDs now that everything is on the computer and iPod so I put all of them in one giant book, it will make moving them easy. The yard is a terrible mess with patches of gray soil, but once we have it leveled and get new soil and sod I think it could look nice.
I can not wait to have everyone over to see it.

Friday, May 12, 2006

While I do not always agree with Jack Cafferty's assessments, I do think he is the only "televison journalist" asking the right questions. He was absoulutly correct yeasterday when discussing new developments in the Bush's illegal wiretapping and data mining.

Cafferty: We all hope nothing happens to Arlen Specter, the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cause he might be all that stands between us and a full blown dictatorship in this country. He's vowed to question these phone company executives about volunteering to provide the government with my telephone records, and yours, and tens of millions of other Americans.

Shortly after 9/11, AT7T, Verizon, and BellSouth began providing the super-secret NSA with information on phone calls of millions of our citizens, all part of the War on Terror, President Bush says. Why don't you go find Osama bin Laden, and seal the country's borders, and start inspecting the containers that come into our ports?

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


We are home owners as of today. We will be moving to our new home in Mason over the next month, I hope to see you all very soon. Happy Birthday to my friend Jay at Freddy Fan.

Monday, May 08, 2006

"You know, I've experienced many great moments and it's hard to name the best," Bush told weekly Bild am Sonntag when asked about his high point since becoming president in January 2001. "I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound (3.402 kilos) perch in my lake," he told the newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

Great Presidential Moments

I wish both the statement and the bumper-sticker were a joke, but in Bizzaro America idiocy is mainstream and reason is marginalized.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

From Huffington Post "Stephen Colbert destroyed Bush at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. Now his inevitable impeachment seems merely a formality.
This animated tribute to Stephen Colbert is in honor of his magnificent performance. I'll have you know I was baked on Cali bud the whole time I worked on this. I left the audio at full quality, because this work is done in the spirit of a Roman triumph."

My friend Jay at Freddy Fan has posted Colbert's complete roast of the Prez and the Press. It is brilliant and dead-on. Colbert is my new hero: A true patriot!

Published: Saturday May 6, 2006

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In his latest column set for Sunday's New York Times, Frank Rich, the former chief drama critic for the paper, slams the movie United 93 for exploiting tragedy and rewriting history, RAW STORYhas found.

But Rich concedes that such exploitation is just "business as usual."

"This is America, for heaven's sake," Rich writes.

Also, Rich argues that, despite the movie's flaws, it isn't "too soon" for such a film to be released to the theaters, but, instead, "too late," since it had been preceded by two television movies and the message about the specific background of the hijackers from 9/11 has been "diluted" by the Bush Administration.

Rich writes.

Excerpts from Rich's column entitled "Too soon? It's too late for United 93" from Sunday's Times:


Don't feel guilty if you, like most Americans, have not run or even walked to see "United 93."

The movie that has been almost unanimously acclaimed as a rite of patriotism second only to singing the national anthem in English is clinical to the point of absurdity: It reduces the doomed and brave Americans on board to nameless stick figures with less personality than the passengers in "Airport." Rather than deepening our knowledge of them or their heroism, the movie caps an hour of air-controller nail-biting with a tasteful re-enactment of the grisly end.


We also practice denial by manufacturing vicarious and symbolic victories at home to compensate for those we are not winning abroad. Two major liberties taken with the known facts in "United 93" -- sequences suggesting that passengers thrashed and possibly killed two of the hijackers and succeeded in entering the cockpit -- are highly cathartic but unsupported by the evidence.

In its way, the Moussaoui prosecution conducted its own Hollywood rewrite by exaggerating the stature of the only person to go to trial for crimes related to Sept. 11.

---I have not had the interest in seeing this move. A day does not pass without remembering 9/11. Sadly not enough Americans realize that the victims of 9/11 continue to be exploited by the Bush Administration and the Neo-Conservatives. The short shortsightedness, short attention-span, and poor understanding of why and how 9/11 happened will ultimately be our undoing.---

Irvine, KY July 2005

Hubble, MI 1998

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Can you tell we got a new printer/scanner. I've been touching up some old photographs, my old roommates may recognize these. I'm making art for the new house, we will close on it May 9th. I can not believe we will be home owners.

I found this old Studebaker rusting away in a field near GVSU nearly ten years ago. It is still one of my favorite finds.
Check out the Studebaker National Museum

fromAmericans United

Dobsons, Politicians Are Using Religion To Further Political Agenda, Church-State Watchdog Group Charges

Religious Right leaders and politicians are using the National Day of Prayer (NDP) to politicize religion and divide Americans, says Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

The annual event, which takes place by federal law on the first Thursday of each May, gives Religious Right groups and their allies in public office a platform to push their political agenda, Americans United charges.

In recent years, religious broadcaster James Dobson and his wife Shirley have assumed a leadership role in promoting the observance. Dobson’s Focus on the Family and Focus on the Family Action are Religious Right organizations that oppose church-state separation and seek to impose a fundamentalist Christian viewpoint through government action.

“James Dobson has shamelessly exploited the National Day of Prayer to advance his divisive political agenda,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “This merger of religion and politics is exactly what our nation’s founding fathers hoped to avoid.”

Lynn noted that James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, said governmental prayer proclamations “certainly nourish the erroneous idea of a national religion” and warned that public officials would use such proclamations to advance their political agenda. Thomas Jefferson, as president, refused to issue prayer proclamations and said the Constitution forbids the federal government from “intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises.”

Lynn added that most NDP activities are now coordinated by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, a private group headed by Shirley Dobson. This year, as in years past, the NDP Task Force is distributing materials promoting an inaccurate “Christian nation” view of history and distorting federal court rulings upholding church-state separation.

Lynn noted that this year, Mrs. Dobson even boasts about her group sponsoring the “National Day of Prayer Official Website,” although she does not say who gave the group this designation. (The Dobsons usually travel to the White House for an NDP observance there with President George W. Bush, although Bush has not given the NDP Task Force an official character.)

“The Dobsons’ events are deeply divisive,” said Lynn. “They intentionally exclude millions of Americans who differ with the Religious Right’s narrow religious and political agenda.”

Continued Lynn, “Rather than make a big public display of piety, politicians would do better to use May 4 to rededicate themselves to the spirit of the First Amendment and oppose those forces that do not value religious diversity and religious liberty.”

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I have been missing Kentucky. This is my first year back in Michigan after four in the Bluegrass State. Here is one of my favorite photos I took just before moving. It is the
  • Fitchburg Furnace
  • and I think it is one of my best black and white snap shots. If you are interested in these hidden and forgotten landmarks check out

    Everyone says Sam looks so much like Anne but here is a photo of me around age two. I think there is a quite a resemblance.